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Looking for information on the upcoming Federal election?

Sisters of Mercy, their colleagues and friends are encouraged to “look beyond their own individual needs and apply a different test at the ballot box – the test of the common good.” The following organisations, based on Christian Social Justice principles, have material relating to the Federal election.

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference statement
A Vote for Us All” – Australia’s Catholic Bishops have issued a statement urging Catholics to consider the common good when casting their vote this year.

Australian Catholic Social Justice Council leaflet
A Vote for Social Justice” – The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference mandates the ACSJC to promote research, education, advocacy and action on social justice, peace and human rights, integrating them deeply into the life of the whole Catholic community in Australia, and providing a credible Catholic voice on these matters in Australian society.

PolMin
Just Work” leaflet – The Australian Political Ministry Network Ltd (PolMin) is a national membership organisation committed to bringing about systemic change in Australian society through the influencing of public policy for the common good in accordance with the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
 
Social Action Office: Refresh Australia
The Refresh Australia! Campaign will extend well beyond the federal election 2007 as we believe that the social/sustainability justice values must be incorporated into ongoing policy development for the future prosperity of this country.

NetAct
Voting for our Values” – The NetAct Federal Election Kit says: “As we prepare for the Federal Election we call to mind the values, which we hope will guide us at this time – human dignity, the common good, solidarity with, and preference for those ‘made’ poor, and ecological responsibility.”

Centre for an Ethical Society
Building a More Just and Compassionate Australia” – The objective of the Centre for an Ethical Society is to promote Christian Social Justice within Australia’s democratic traditions and co-operate in the development of a more just and compassionate community.
 
From: Institute Justice Network
Contact: Carmel Heagerty RSM, Institute Justice Co-ordinator
Email: Institute.Justice@mercy.org.au